Sonography in California

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Schools Offering Sonography Programs in California

Around 0.1% of California's graduates graduate from sonography certificate programs every year. Thus, California's 28 sonography schools put out approximately 1,026 sonographers each year.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in California that has a sonography program is American Career College. American Career College, which was ranked 63rd in the country in 2010, is located in Ontario. In 2010, American Career College graduated 13 students from its sonography program.

The second-ranked school in California that has a sonography program is Lincoln University. Lincoln University, which was ranked 65th in the country in 2010, is located in Oakland. In 2010, Lincoln University graduated 1 students from its sonography program. Tuition at Lincoln University was $9,210 per year.

Casa Loma College-Van Nuys, which was ranked 65th nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in California that has a sonography program. It is located in Van Nuys. In 2010, Casa Loma College-Van Nuys graduated 0 students from its sonography programs. Casa Loma College-Van Nuys charged in-state students $0 in tuition fees per year.


If you choose to attend a California sonography school, average tuition will be $3,100 per year. However, tuition at your particular institution may range from $656 per year to $21,275 per year. The California sonography schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. West Coast Ultrasound Institute - located in Beverly Hills, students are charged $21,275 per year
  2. National Polytechnic College - located in Los Angeles, students are charged $14,275 per year
  3. San Joaquin Valley College-Bakersfield - located in Bakersfield, students are charged $13,418 per year

The lowest tuition rates at California sonography schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Cypress College - located in Cypress, students are charged $656 per year
  2. Merced College - located in Merced, students are charged $658 per year
  3. Orange Coast College - located in Costa Mesa, students are charged $686 per year

A sonography certificate from a California school... what next?

The highest percentage of sonography graduates in California pursue careers as a sonographer. If you decide to work as a sonographer in California, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 5,280 California sonographers as of 2010. The largest populations of California sonographers are working in the following counties:

  1. Los Angeles County - 1,690 sonographers
  2. Orange County - 590 sonographers
  3. San Diego County - 420 sonographers

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of sonographers in California will grow by 21%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 6,200 sonographers working in California.


On average, a sonographer earns a salary of $77,260 per year in California state. In 2010, however, some California sonographers earned as little as less than $39,510 per year or as much as more than $131,300 per year. A sonographer in the following California counties makes the highest salaries on average:

  1. San Benito County - $100,240 per year
  2. Monterey County - $98,590 per year
  3. Marin County - $91,380 per year

On average, sonographers earns the least in the following California counties:

  1. Los Angeles County - $69,730 per year
  2. Kern County - $70,180 per year
  3. Shasta County - $70,360 per year

More Information

The charts and graphs below have additional California statistics regarding a career in sonography. Take a look and compare salaries with various related fields such as radiology technology or sonography.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Sonography in California
  • Bachelor's Degree in Sonography in California
  • Certificate in Sonography in California

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
7,959 miles from location Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts San Mateo CA n/a n/a n/a
7,811 miles from location Orange Coast College Costa Mesa CA 19.3061 n/a 25,316
7,894 miles from location Santa Barbara City College Santa Barbara CA 18.7886 n/a 19,753
7,954 miles from location Foothill College Los Altos CA 21.5152 n/a 18,293
7,756 miles from location Mt. San Jacinto Community College District San Jacinto CA 11.7295 n/a 17,583
7,814 miles from location Cypress College Cypress CA 15.6296 n/a 15,439
7,870 miles from location Merced College Merced CA 10.9318 n/a 10,446
7,768 miles from location Loma Linda University Loma Linda CA 0.491732 n/a 4,114
7,827 miles from location Kaplan College North Hollywood CA 29.9879 n/a 1,288
7,785 miles from location American Career College Ontario CA 36.673 100% 1,115
7,839 miles from location San Joaquin Valley College-Bakersfield Bakersfield CA 21.5469 n/a 877
7,820 miles from location Career Colleges of America South Gate CA 30.4078 n/a 848
7,880 miles from location Carrington College California-Citrus Heights Citrus Heights CA 32.5381 72% 815
7,829 miles from location West Coast Ultrasound Institute Beverly Hills CA 33.8842 n/a 632
7,951 miles from location Lincoln University Oakland CA 35.1675 n/a 629
7,830 miles from location Casa Loma College-Van Nuys Van Nuys CA 34.7334 88% 604
7,823 miles from location Coast Career Institute Los Angeles CA 28.557 n/a 488
7,821 miles from location Newbridge College-Long Beach Long Beach CA 34.1439 100% 468
7,805 miles from location Newbridge College Santa Ana CA 30.2942 100% 415
7,817 miles from location National Polytechnic College Los Angeles CA 31.4089 100% 310
7,926 miles from location Central California School San Luis Obispo CA 22.5286 n/a 285
7,824 miles from location Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science Los Angeles CA 18.8983 n/a 256
7,817 miles from location PCI College Cerritos CA 3.05576 n/a 197
7,943 miles from location Institute of Medical Education San Jose CA n/a n/a 170
7,813 miles from location Modern Technology School Fountain Valley CA 31.0445 100% 163
7,815 miles from location ATI College Norwalk CA 27.1209 n/a 159
7,836 miles from location California College of Vocational Careers Bakersfield CA 23.2399 n/a 82
7,806 miles from location ATI College-SantaAna Santa Ana CA 27.4138 n/a 77

Curious what studying Sonography gets you?

Check out the different options and how they're looking in California

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers + 5,280 $77,260 69.8%

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